The BBB Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability, and publishes a magazine, the Wise Giving Guide, three times a year.
The Alliance does not rank charities but rather seeks to assist donors in making informed judgments about those that solicit their support. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on the Alliance website.
The Alliance reports on national charities that have requested to be evaluated and on those that the public has most often asked about. About half of the 114 BBBs in the United States and Canada report on locally soliciting charities.
National charities that are found to meet all Alliance standards have the option of signing a license and paying a fee for the use of a BBB Accredited Charity Seal that can be displayed on their websites and in their fund raising materials.
2011 IRS Form 990 (Please note that this file is in a PDF format which requires your system to have Adobe Acrobat Reader. Because of its large size (38 pages) it may take a while to open. If you need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program, please click here .)